Developing subject knowledge and pedagogy (GCSE English Language)

English language teachers are needed to teach the growing number of 16-19 GCSE English learners across the education and training sector.  This course will:

  • Up-skill new or experienced teachers to lead GCSE English Language courses in their organisations.
  • Support practitioners working with young adults (16 -19s) who are re-taking GCSE English, having achieved lower than a grade C at school (or grade 4 in the new 1- 9 grading structure).
  • Explore and model how to engage and motivate reluctant learners and assess their needs to build on prior learning.
  • Critically examine effective practice in teaching GCSE English.

This course is subsidised by the Education and Training Foundation through their ‘Maths and English Pipeline‘.

You can find out more about the impact that the Level 5 GCSE course can have on you/ your team by watching the video below:

Course locations

Course locations have now been agreed. Once you have viewed course dates and locations (click the button opposite), you can apply for a place. If you would like to host a course in the future, please add your details to our waiting list.

Course aim

This course aims to support trainees in developing the subject knowledge and subject-specific pedagogy required to support learners who have not achieved a good pass in GCSE English Language at school.

Learning outcomes

  • Analyse factors that might disengage GCSE learners and explore strategies for motivating and inspiring them.
  • Evaluate and use approaches to initial and diagnostic assessment which actively involve learners in the process of assessment and target setting.
  • Plan effective learning programmes for GCSE English Language courses.
  • Develop knowledge and abilities to carry out effective GCSE English Language teaching.
  • Use a range of assessment for learning strategies and adapt teaching to meet the needs of individual learners.
  • Reflect on own practice and identify ways (including the use of research) to improve it.

Course fees

The courses are being subsidised by the Education and Training Foundation (for ESfA-funded organisations and their teams).

There are three pricing options:

1. Individual fees
2. Hosting
Hosting is great value and allows you to train up to 10 delegates, while welcoming external delegates to join the team. We will support you to fill the extra places and this is a great opportunity to work collaboratively with providers in your locality.
  • Providers with 6-10 delegates: £2,600.
  • N.B. We need a minimum of 15 bookings to run this course.
3. In-house
Do you want to get the maximum value from your CPD budget? Why not run an in-house course at a time and venue to suit?
  • In-house course for up to 16 staff: £3,680.

Accreditation

If delegates wish to seek accreditation at Level 5 from Ascentis there is an additional fee for this of £200pp. This includes:

  • Centre costs, registration and certification
  • Tutorial support
  • An accreditation eGuide
  • Assessment and feedback

Entry requirements

  • Candidates must be qualified to level 3, or be able to demonstrate level 3 personal skills, in English*.
  • A generic teaching qualification e.g. DTLLS, Cert Ed, PGCE, etc.

* If applicants don’t have a level 3 English qualification, they will be asked to complete an initial assessment. If necessary, they will be signposted to Foundation On-line learning modules and/or a Level 3 ‘Award in Literacy/ Language for English Teachers’.

Course length

The course will run over 10-12 weeks over five full or ten half days.

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